Lace 101

At Promise...for the savvy bride, we have lots of gowns that have all-over lace, lace appliqué, lace detail...you name it! Super romantic and feminine, lace has been synonymous with brides and weddings forever. It can be really confusing to have so many new terms thrown at you as you stand in the gown you are considering for your journey down the aisle!

So, for all you savvy brides-to-be out there, we thought we would break down for you a few of the most commonly used types of lace!

First is one of the most common types of lace, Alencon Lace (pronounced Ah-lon-son). Alencon Lace is a needle lace that orginated in Alencon, France. It is characterized by solid motifs outlined by twisted yarn or cording on sheer netting. L'ezu Atelier, Lea Ann Belter, and Carmela Sutera all often work with varieties of Alencon Lace (like this L'ezu gown on the right).

Next up is Chantilly Lace. Chantilly Lace is is a delicate lace originating in Chantilly, France. It usually has a floral or organic theme with scalloped edges. The design on the lace itself is usually outlined with flat untwisted thread (unlike the thicker cording on Alencon).

Venice Lace is a heavy lace with an open back round, generally with large (or for lack of a better word - chunky) floral, leaf, or geometric patterns, and originating in - you guessed it - Italy! It was originally very popular in European courts since it has such a rich heave quality. Claire Pettibone, known for all her different laces, uses Venice Lace in pieces (also known as appliqué) to add dimension to many of her gowns (like the Kristene gown to the left).

Finally, there is Guipure Lace. It is a heavier lace featuring lage patterns in needlepoint. Originating in Lorraine, France, it was also made in England and Belgium. The Lucien gown to the right has a beaded Guipure neckline.

While most laces orginated in Europe, not all lace is still produced there, although most high quality lace is! Since it is handmade on looms, the price per yard is pretty high, which of course is reflected in the cost of gowns that are lace or have lace embellishments.

Feel free to ask your consultant to explain more about the fabrics your gown is made of! The workmanship that goes into the fabrics and the gowns themselves is incredible, and will make your gown that much more special to you!

- Jessica

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